Before visiting Thailand, you need to update a lot of your vaccinations. You can do it when you arrive or before you leave. Doing it in Thailand is significantly cheaper, but you will have to find time soon after you arrive to have all the vaccinations. I was crazy and spent the money to have them done prior to leaving for Thailand. Roughly, I spent about $800. It was more expensive than I anticipated, but in my mind, it was worth it.
If you are getting your vaccinations in the U.S. check with your local doctor or visit a clinic that specializes in vaccinations. Since I’m from Texas, I checked out Passport Health. This company is great, because they will walk you through what you absolutely need, what’s recommended, and what you don’t need. You can visit them at their website: https://www.passporthealthusa.com/locations/tx/.
The following are the recommended vaccines for Thailand:
- Hepatitis A (2 course treatment)
- Japanese Encephalitis (2 course treatment)
- Flu Shot
Some people would recommend rabies shots and malaria tablets. I wouldn’t waste the money on the rabies shot. I was informed that even if you get the vaccine, if you’re bitten, you will still have to go through the course of shots to prevent rabies anyways. As for malaria, I did buy the pills since there are numerous mosquitoes in Thailand, but after awhile I stopped taking them. They are expensive to continue if you’re living overseas for more than a few weeks. I roughly spent $400 on a 6 month supply, and that was with a significant discount I found.